|Views along Ali'i.|
A glimpse of some of my "family" for the week the night of the race.
Ben Greenfield and Pedro Gomes at Huggos.
Who would have thunk?
|Typical post-morning workout brekkie at |
condo (Maggs' but you get the point. A lot
of the above staples consumed last week.
|Behind the scenes. Chillin in the media room.|
Anyways, the more I think about my trip the more I realize that every day something unique happened, often unplanned. For example, Tuesday I got into town in the afternoon and later on for dinner I ended up in a Thai restaurant with my new roomie, pro triathlete Pedro Gomes. I had heard of this Portuguese pro guy but knew nothing about him, and then there we were eating a papaya salad talking about his upcoming Kona debut. Additional randomness: I had no transportation for the week, besides bumming rides. Kind of a problem when you're about 2 miles from town and need to move quickly. But thanks to Pedro I was able to borrow a beater MTB to get around. The catch? NO brakes! Eh, no big deal. It wasn't that hilly where I was riding, and a foot brake worked fine ;) Take what you can get...
Wednesday, after a full morning of swimming, taking video the IM Talk Blue Seventy Aquathon, interviewing an old grad school friend and her team who were conducting a study, etc, I attended a private press conference with Macca and Challenge for some schmoozing and amazing hors devours, followed by my first Slowtwitch party experience - where they gave away some legit prizes, like an SRM!
|Macca-Challenge partnership announcement.|
|Hor deouvers at Macca press conference.|
Sweet potato w something amazing on top.
|UPR with Molly from Zoot!|
|Running in the Energy Lab at sunset. ITU star Madi Serpico|
was my partner in crime here.
|Kurt Hoy in action in the Energy Lab (me running).|
|In my happy place, dreaming about "one day"....|
|My bike for the afternoon. Fell. In. Love.|
|Podcastin and poke with Ben! (Da Poke Shack!)|
|Me, Tati, Roch, Beth, Rachel. Fun group to party with :)|
|Epic swag from Thank God I'm Not Racing Party.|
|Swim start. Didn't go out of my way to get a front-row spot. |
"Slept in" a bit instead. This was nice.
|Luke McKenzie leading the bike up Palani.|
|Working on the go! Makeshift office on Ali'i,|
and I got a new, green friend while I was posted up :)
|After interviewing Pete Jacobs,|
I had a feeling this was going to be a special day for him.
|Waiting at the finish line in the media bleachers.|
|One of my favorite finish line moments. Top two Americans,|
Andy Potts 7th, Tim O'Donnell 8th.
|You guys see IM online, this is the view from "the other end."|
Leanda Cave with Greg Welch and Matt Lieto post-race at Kina Kam.
|Tradition: Thai while overlooking the finish at night.|
|A very special "healthy" pina colada a la|
Ben Greenfield. So tasty and amazing.
Sunday was about recovery even for us non-racers! A leisurely swim then a random stop over at the Powerbar Breakfast. A little run & rest, then our annual cliff jumping extravaganza with a solid crew - the GU crew, Rachel Stanley, Ben G, Joe Gambles, Laura O'Meara, etc... kinda a random group but it was even more fun that way! On tap next was an attempt to rest, more pina coladas, then the K-Swiss After Party at Huggo's. The after party is one of those "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" kind of nights, especially the part where everyone then goes to the after after party hosted by Clif. Found out that night that Macca is doing the same two sprint triathlons I'm doing this weekend. Not really sure why he's doing them, but it should be cool to see him out there.
|Cliff jumping. The view before you go!|
|How you have to climb back up! Wear shoes!|
|And when it was all over, this is what was needed.|
Especially in the case of Cait Snow and Pedro Gomes (both pictured).
There are so many more stories from the week, and I hope to share more in future blogs to come. I'll probably do a mostly picture blog next because I have lots more to share! But for now, that is my trip in a nutshell. It was a huge success to say the least - did good business, saw a good race, and was surrounded by good friends, new and old....
Already excited for Kona 2013!
I'll leave you with TYler from GU doing a backflip: